hate·​ful | \ˈhāt-fəl \

Definition of hateful 

1 : full of hate : malicious

2 : deserving of or arousing hate

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hatefully \ ˈhāt-​fə-​lē \ adverb
hatefulness noun

Examples of hateful in a Sentence

the girl's classmates were bullying her online, sending her hateful e-mails and text messages

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Viewers spreading hateful content on Gab are able to find like-minded sympathizers, plan events and share propaganda with the expectation that their posts will go unchallenged, Mr. Segal said. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Gab to Rein In Calls for Violence While Allowing Hate Speech," 9 Nov. 2018 But Obama’s words in Virginia on Monday ring truer than ever: Whether this hateful rhetoric will continue apace all depends, in part, on Tuesday’s outcome. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Barack Obama Surprised Campaign Workers With Donuts (Michelle Said It’s Okay)," 5 Nov. 2018 The Trump administration’s hateful immigration policy has no place in our state. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Father's Day detention: immigrant's family pleads for release," 17 June 2018 But the Kirchners also sowed deep social division with hateful, vicious rhetoric as a strategy for remaining in power. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "The Argentine Peso’s Death Spiral," 13 May 2018 Some also took this opportunity to leave hateful and transphobic comments about Caitlyn for Kylie to see, with a few randomly tagging brother Brody Jenner in the comments. refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner's Father's Day Tribute To Caitlyn Jenner Faces Backlash," 18 June 2018 Gersh claims anonymous internet trolls bombarded her family with hateful and threatening messages after Anglin published their personal information. Michael Kunzelman, Cincinnati.com, "Lawsuit against Neo-Nazi site's founder clears legal hurdle," 22 Mar. 2018 On a spring morning in Menlo Park, more than 30 senior staffers gathered in Facebook’s Building 23 to discuss several meaty topics, including how the network should categorize hateful language. Michal Lev-ram, Fortune, "Facebook's Fix-It Team," 22 May 2018 Still, people post millions of unambiguously hateful posts to Facebook. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s first content moderation report finds terrorism posts up 73 percent this year," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of hateful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hateful

Middle English, from hate hate entry 1 + -ful -ful entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hateful

: very bad or evil : causing or deserving hate

: full of hate : showing hate


hate·​ful | \ˈhāt-fəl \

Kids Definition of hateful

1 : full of hate “Then you get her out of here,” he said with hateful force.— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder

2 : very bad or evil : causing or deserving hate a hateful crime

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